Illegal Immigration and Private Security
The Los Angeles Times reported on August 1, 2014 that members of "militias" are patrolling the U.S. Mexico border on private lands at the request of the landowners. See "Militias patrolling Texas border draw scrutiny, concern," by Molly Hennesy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times, August 1, 2014. The Times article names the following organizations as militias that are involved or planning to become involved in border patrols: Oathkeepers, Three Percenter's Club, Patriots and Minutemen. The Times reports that "Militia members started arriving on the Texas border in recent weeks to assist as part of a deployment they called Operation Secure Our Border: Laredo Sector. The effort entails creating a training command near San Antonio and rotating groups south to patrol private ranch land on the border with the permission of ranch owners. . . "Mike Morris, who works with the Three Percenter's, told the Los Angeles Times that several militia groups were invited to South Texas by ranchers who face